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From Where I Stand: “A woman needs to be strong and stand on her own feet”

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Originally published on UN Women Europe and Central Asia’s website. Sahem Hussein. Photo: UN Women/Sinem Aydin Lopez When we first fled to Istanbul, we had a very difficult time as we couldn’t speak Turkish and didn’t have our identity cards. I used to work as an obstetrical nurse in Syria, but didn’t have my diploma with me. So, we all started working in the textile industry. Our Turkish neighbours were very nice and helpful. The house we rented was empty and...

In the words of Safiye Mustafa: “UN Women’s SADA resilience centre transformed my dreams into real plans”

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Originally published on UN Women Europe and Central Asia’s website. Safiye Mustafa fled the war in Syria with her four children. She receives training at the SADA Centre in Gaziantep, Turkey. Photo: UN Women/Pınar Alkan Yarıkkaya We left everything we had. I had a shoe atelier in Syria, I had a life there. But now, I am starting a new in Turkey. I take shoe-making courses at the SADA Centre and I even plan to open a shoe atelier. Let me say one big thing, which I am very much...

Supporting Girls’ Education in Iraq: ‘Now she can write her name with great pride’

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Figure 116-year-old Sherin practicing writing at the Baghdad Women Association, Seije, Dojok. Photo: Zozan Mohamad Ahmad. Sherin is a 16-year-old girl from the Shingal district of Mosul, Iraq. When the Islamic State (ISIL) arrived in her village, she and her family were forced to leave home and seek safety in Seiji village in Duhok.  She now lives in a small house with her parents and seven siblings. Her family struggles to put food on the table because both of her parents are ill...

In the words of Aisha Altubuly: “Youth can bring bigger influence if we are more empowered and supported”

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Aisha Altubuly, co-leader coordinator of the organization Together We Build It. Photo: UN Women/ Emad Karim Aisha Altubuly , (22), co-leader and coordinator of the organization Together We Build It (TWBI), based in Tripoli, Libya, has been working on women's issues since she was 15 years old. Through her work, she has developed capacity of youth stakeholders to speak up and address issues in order for women and youth to be empowered to take active roles in decision-making processes within...

Voices from the Arab States at the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality

Monday, May 6, 2019

The Tunis Forum on Gender Equality brought together over 500 participants representing 70 countries from around the world. Organized in the lead-up to the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), and one year before the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 , the Forum discussed the progress made in the implementation of the visionary Beijing Declaration, as well as issues surrounding women’s leadership in local...

Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in regional SDG implementation at the 2019 Arab Forum for Sustainable Development

Sunday, May 5, 2019

The Arab Forum for Sustainable Development convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). Photo: UN Women/Nourhan El-Nagdy UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States worked with its sister agencies to ensure the effective integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment through regional discussions that took place during the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development (AFSD), which was convened in Beirut on 9 – 11 April 2019. The...

UN Women Iraq, President’s office will partner to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Iraqi President Barham Salih met UN officials to discuss cooperation to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. Photo: courtesy of Office of the President of the Republic of Iraq. BAGHDAD – UN Women and the Office of the President of the Republic of Iraq signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) providing a framework of cooperation between the two parties in areas of gender equality and women’s empowerment. The MoU, cosigned by UN Women Representative Dina...

Take Five: “The economic participation of rural women is essential for growth and a more equitable distribution of wealth”

Friday, April 26, 2019

Maher Khalifi, a young Tunisian engineer, has developed a project that improves the coverage of Tunisia’s social protection system for rural women. The Tunisian Government has agreed to use a new application dubbed "Ahmini", which should allow 500,000 rural women to be integrated into social assistance system, allowing them access to benefits such as pensions. He is attending the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality (24 – 26 April), co-hosted by the Governments of Sweden and Tunisia in collaboration with UNDP and UN Women. The Forum is the first of many global meetings leading up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action.

Ask an activist: Twenty-five years since the adoption of Beijing Platform for Action, how far have we come, and is the Platform relevant for young people?

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Hana Faidi, 23, is a project consultant for an economic empowerment project at the Libyan Women’s Forum based in Tripoli, Libya. She also hones women’s negotiation and mediation skills. She is among the 500 participants of the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality (24 – 26 April) to take stock of the progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration, nearly 25 years on.

In the words of Ayşegül Özdil: “When you build communication among children of different cultures, the day after you see the effect on their mothers.”

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Children playing at the SADA Centre with their teacher Ayşegül Özdil. Photo Credit: ASAM Ayşegül Özdil is a kindergarten teacher at the SADA Women Empowerment and Solidarity Centre. Supported by UN Women and funded by the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (the EU “Madad” Fund) and the Government of Japan, the SADA Women-only Centre supports the empowerment of refugee and host community women and their engagement in social activities as...

Breaking the Cycle of Gender- Based Violence in Palestine

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Two prevention group members in Jerusalem discussing societal restrictions on males and females as part of the youth-parent workshop held in Anata. Photo Credit: PCC The results of the 2017 UN Women and Promundo-supported International Men and Gender Equality Survey ( IMAGES-MENA ) Survey conducted in the State of Palestine demonstrated that “65 per cent of men and 55 per cent of women reported experiencing one or more of twelve forms of occupation-related violence within the...

Take Five: “Violence and instability constrain Iraqi women and girls to traditional roles, limiting their access to employment and education”

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Eman Abd Alrahman, Head of the Women Leadership Institute. Photo: Courtesy of WLI. Eman Abd Alrahman is a lawyer from Iraq and the Head of the Women Leadership Institute (WLI), a prominent women’s rights organization, working to provide protection services for women survivors of violence in the context of the European Union-UN Women Regional Programme Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey supported by the EU’s...

The Tunis Forum on Gender Equality

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Women, youth, champions of gender equality from all corners of the world gather in Tunis to take stock of progress made on women’s rights, leading up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This will be the first of many global meetings leading up to the year 2020, calling for actions to accelerate progress and protect the hard-won gains of women’s rights.

Press Release: UN Agencies convene panel discussion on understanding the impact of intersectionality on gender equality through a disability lens

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Beirut, April 10, 2019 - During the 2019 Arab Forum for Sustainable Development, UN Women, UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, ESCWA and UNESCO convened a special session on the topic of Leaving No One Behind: Policy approaches to recognise intersectionality and promote inclusivity for women and girls with disabilities in sustainable development . The discussion examined the multi-dimensional nature of inclusivity in relation to gender equality and the principle of “Leave No One Behind” for the...

Dar El-Ifta works to end harmful practices against women

Monday, April 1, 2019

Heba Salah, one of Dar El-Ifta's spokesperson. Photo Credits: Media outreach center, Egypt's Dar El-Ifta In addition to its policy work with governments, UN Women supports civil society efforts to develop and implement awareness-raising campaigns on a full range of issues related to gender equality and the empowerment of women, including child marriage, female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C). These activities also aim to promote the positive engagement of men and boys as advocates...

Egyptian Men Stand Up for Gender Equality—In homes and on the streets

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Training “Development through Art - Interactive Theater” held with men and women in Qalyubiya, Egypt. Photo: Courtesy of CARE International Egypt. Egypt faces profound gender inequalities , including harassment and gender-based violence. In five of Egypt’s governorates, the UN Women “ Men and Women for Gender Equality ” regional programme, in partnership with CARE International and Sida, is working with local communities and authorities to address the...

Press Release: Significant progress marking an advance for the human rights of Tunisian women

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women) warmly welcomes the measures announced by the Head of the Government of Tunisia to support the human rights of women. These measures directly concern the social safety net, public transport for agricultural workers, maternity and paternity leave, and the national observatory to combat violence against women. UN Women's Representative for Tunisia, Ms. Begoña Lasagabaster, stated that “these...

Resolving Community Conflict in Lebanon: Supporting Women to Lead

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Originally published on United Nations Lebanon website. Training on mediation and conflict resolution for women in Abbassiyeh, South Lebanon. Photo: Courtesy of UNIFIL. On a cold, rainy day in February around a dozen women who have been working at the community level to resolve conflict gathered from Tyre and neighboring Qana in South Lebanon to begin their first training on conflict management and prevention. The energy in the room was unrivaled and unaffected by the blustery weather....

In the words of Madina Mousa: “I could not stay idle in the face of hardship, I became a Protection Specialist empowering other Syrian refugee women and girls.”

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Madina Mousa, Syrian refugee and Protection Supervisor at the Women’s Empowerment Organization (WEO) in Iraq. Photo: UN Women/ Said Elmobasher Madina Mousa is a Syrian refugee who fled the war in Syria with her family and now lives in Kawergosk Refugee Camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq since 2013. She started her career as a volunteer to help other refugees and is now a Protection Supervisor at the Women’s Empowerment Organization (WEO). WEO is working in partnership with...

Empowering Women and Girls to End Violence against Women in Central Morocco

Monday, March 25, 2019

Oumaima Al Alyani, a young football player supported by the Kholoud Association. Photo: UN Women/ Younes El Moumine. A small group of women and men in Youssoufia, a region in central Morocco, is working hard to end violence against women and the gender norms that victimize women and girls. Hanane Satour is a native of Youssoufia, and a co-founder of the Kholoud Association for Development, Education and Communication (“Kholoud Association”), which works in cooperation with...

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